Apr 1st, 2013
By Penny Osmon Bahr, BA, CPC, CPC-I, CHC, PCS The 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule makes several changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Providers who begin reporting now in accordance with these changes stand to gain incentive payments, while those who don’t will soon suffer economic consequences. Incentives: The Good, ...
Mar 1st, 2013
  Walk through real cases to help you strengthen A&P. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC Preparing for ICD-10-CM implementation requires a strategy to minimize productivity losses. Remember how painfully slow it was to search the ICD-9-CM codebook when you first started to learn coding? Although ICD-10-CM may be familiar to ...
Feb 1st, 2011
Big changes to PQRI in 2011 put pay for performance in the spotlight. By Penny Osmon, BA, CPC, CPCI, CHC, PCS Updates to the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) signal that the shift from pay for reporting to pay-for-performance has begun. The 2011 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, issued Nov. 2, 2010 by the Centers ...
Apr 1st, 2010
By Julie Orton Van, CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CGSC, COBGC Each year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implements the Physicians Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) through a rulemaking process published in the Federal Register. In general, CMS has responded positively to provider feedback and continues to provide educational opportunities and implementation resources to encourage ...